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Maria Shriver Reveals Secrets Of ‘Blue Zones’ Where People Live To 100 | TODAY

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>> GOOD FOR YOU. YOU WERE CLOSE. IN FACT YOU GOT IT. >> HERE’S ANOTHER QUESTION. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE TO BE 100. >> TURNS OUT THERE ARE COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD THAT MAY HAVE FOUND THE SECRET TO LIVING A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE. >> A LOT HAS TO DO WITH THEIR DIET. OUR FRIEND MARIA SHRIVER IS HERE TO TELL US ALL ABOUT IT. >> I LOVE HER HAIR.

>> LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. >> YOU TRAVELED AROUND AND YOU REALLY FOUND OUT SOME INTERESTING THINGS. >> THIS IS DAN WHO COINED THE TERM BLUE ZONES AND WHAT DO ALL OF THESE BLUE ZONES HAVE IN COMMON? THEY’RE EATING A LOT OF BEANS. THEY’RE EATING PRIMARILY A PLANT BASED DIET AND VERY LITTLE MEAT. >> AND FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. >> YEAH. >> YOU ALWAYS HEAR PROTEIN IS IMPORTANT, GET LOTS OF PROTEIN. PEOPLE HERE DON’T EAT AS MANY CARBS. >> THEY’RE EATING PROTEIN THROUGH BEANS, SO YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT BREAKFAST. I WENT TO COSTA RICA AND THEY WERE EATING CORN TORTILLA, RICE AND BEANS FOR BREAKFAST.

SOMETHING TO PAY ATTENTION TO BECAUSE THEY ARE — THESE RECIPES ARE HANDED DOWN THROUGH GENERATIONS WHICH IS WHY DAD IS TRYING TO MAKE SURE HE CAN CAPTURE THEM. FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS ARE COMING INTO THESE AREAS AND PEOPLE ARE LOSING TRACK OF THESE RECIPES AND HE THINKS THIS SEVERAL YEARS THERE WON’T BE ANY MORE BLUE ZONES. >> I FOUND THE LOMA LINDA, C INTERESTING. >> YES. ALL OF THESE BLUE ZONE PEOPLE ALSO HAVE SPIRITUAL LIVES. THEY MOVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. NOBODY HAS A TRAINER OR ARE GOING TO THE GYM. THEY’RE WALKING TO THE MARKET. THEY HAVE A STRONG SPIRITUAL LIFE AND THEY’RE PRIMARILY VEGETARIAN. >> IT’S FRESH. >> NO SUGAR. >> IT’S SO STARTLING TO ME IF YOU ADD A SINGLE CUP OF BEANS TO YOUR DIET HOW THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE SPAN.

>> FOUR YEARS OR SOMETHING? >> YES. I’M NOT A BIG BEAN EATER BUT I’VE STARTED TO TRY TO PUT THEM INTO MY SALADS, EAT MORE GREENS. I THINK A LOT OF IT IS HOW YOU GREW UP. AND SHIFTING. >> TAKE US TO GREECE. >> PLEASE. >> LET’S ALL GO THERE AND HANG OUT. SO WE DID GREECE TODAY. WHAT I WAS ALSO SUPER INTERESTED IN IS VERY FEW CASES OF DEENTIA. >> HERE, MOST OF THESE BLUE ZONES THEY HAVE ABOUT 10 OR 15 THINGS AND THEY EAT THEM ALL DAY LONG IN VARIOUS WAYS. DAN TALKED ABOUT GOING TO SARDINIA AND THE PEOPLE EATING THE SAME LUNCH EVERY DAY FOR 10 OR 11 YEARS. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. I’VE TALKED TO A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO TELL ME I EAT THE SAME THING FOR LUNCH EVERY DAY. I DON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT T.

I STAY ON TRACK. >> WHAT I FOUND INTERESTING IN YOUR PIECE IS THE OLDER PEOPLE WERE SURROUNDED BY CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN. >> NO ONE IS IN A HOME. EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE TOGETHER. >> ONCE AGAIN, CULTURE. PART OF THEIR CULTURE. PEOPLE ARE IN COMMUNITY. WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM WITH LONELINESS AND ISOLATION IN THIS COUNTRY. PEOPLE LIVE ALONE AND THAT INCREASES YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING ALZHEIMER’S, GETTING DEPRESSION. TELL US ABOUT YOUR ALZHEIMER’S THING THAT’S HAPPENING IN SUNDAY. >> THAT’S RIGHT. YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP. EIGHT CITIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

I’M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT IT. TRY TO RAISE MONEY FOR WOMEN BASED RESEARCH. TWO THIRD OF THE CASES ARE HAPPENING TO WOMEN AND NOBODY KNOWS WHY THAT IS. SO WE’RE GOING TO — SOME OF IT MIGHT BE DIET AS WE LOOK AT THE BLUE ZONE AREAS. WE WANT TO CHANGE OUR DIETS. SOME OF IT MAY BE HORMONAL, STRESS, HOW WE’RE LIVING OUR LIVES. THERE’S A LOT TO BE LEARNED FROM THESE BLUE ZONES ABOUT PERHAPS PUSHING COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT OFF AS MUCH AS WE CAN. >> ISN’T IT FUN HAVING MARIA HERE? WE LEARN SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME.

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